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Cuba: The Year in Review and a Look to the Future

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

October 30, 2015
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Join the Cuba Working Group of the Americas Society/Council of the Americas and the CAF - Development Bank of Latin America for a half-day conference on Cuba. Hear from experts, practitioners, and economists on financing and investment opportunities for Cuba, prospects for greater U.S. trade and travel to the island, and an analysis of Cuba’s economic reforms. At this historic moment in U.S.-Cuba relations, these leaders will take stock of where our two countries have come since the December 2014 rapprochement with a look to the future.

Speakers:

  • Tom Emmer, U.S. Representative (R-MN)
  • Kelly R. Welsh, General Counsel, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Alex Lee, Deputy Assistant Secretary for South America and Cuba, U.S. Department of State
  • Pia De Lima, Vice President, Western Union
  • Ileana Díaz Fernández, Professor, Center for the Study of the Cuban Economy, University of Havana; Visiting Scholar, Institute of Latin American Studies, Columbia University
  • Yosbel Ibarra, Co-Chair, Latin American & Iberian Practice, Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • John McIntire, Chairman, Cuba Emprende Foundation
  • Emilio Morales, President, The Havana Consulting Group, LLC
  • Germán Ríos, Corporate Director of Strategic Affairs, CAF - Development Bank of Latin America
  • Susan Segal, President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas
  • Ricardo Torres Pérez, Professor, Center for the Study of the Cuban Economy, University of Havana; Visiting Scholar, Center for Latin American and Latino Studies, American University
  • Alana Tummino, Director of Policy and Head of the Cuba Working Group, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

Learn more about the Cuba Working Group.

Note: Complimentary registration for all AS, COA, and YPA members,
please e-mail Juan Serrano-Badrena at jserrano@counciloftheamericas.org; $50.00 for all non-members.
Prior registration is required.

Event Information: Allie Fleder | afleder@as-coa.org | 212-277-8375
Press: Adriana La Rotta | alarotta@as-coa.org | 212-277-8384
Cancellation: Contact Juan Serrano-Badrena at jserrano@counciloftheamericas.org, before 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 29.

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Agenda

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8:00 – 8:30 a.m.   Registration and Continental Breakfast
 
8:30 – 8:40 a.m.   Welcome

  • Susan Segal, President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas 

8:40 – 9:15 a.m.   A New Era of U.S.-Cuba Relations

  • Kelly R. Welsh, General Counsel, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Alex Lee, Deputy Assistant Secretary for South America and Cuba, U.S. Department of State
  • Alana Tummino, Director of Policy and Head of the Cuba Working Group, AS/COA (moderator)

9:15 – 10:00 a.m.   The View from Havana: Cuban Economic Reforms and a Look to the Future

  • Ileana Díaz Fernández, Professor, Center for the Study of the Cuban Economy, University of Havana; Visiting Scholar, Institute of Latin American Studies, Columbia University
  • Ricardo Torres Pérez, Professor, Center for the Study of the Cuban Economy, University of Havana; Visiting Scholar Center for Latino and Latin American Studies, American University
  • German Rios, Corporate Director of Strategic Affairs, CAF - Development Bank of Latin America (moderator)

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.   Networking Break

10:15 – 11:15 a.m.   Financing and Investment Opportunities

  • Germán Ríos, Corporate Director of Strategic Affairs, CAF - Development Bank of Latin America
  • John McIntire, Chairman, Cuba Emprende Foundation
  • Pia De Lima, Vice President, Western Union
  • Alana Tummino, Director of Policy and Head of the Cuba Working Group, AS/COA (moderator)

11:15 – 11:45 a.m.   How-To Guide: Investing in the Cuban Market

  • Yosbel Ibarra, Shareholder; Co-Chair, Latin American and Iberian Practice
  • Emilio Morales, President, The Havana Consulting Group, LLC

11:45 – 12:15 p.m.   Prospects for Greater U.S. Travel and Trade

  • U.S. Representative Tom Emmer (R-MN), introduced the Cuba Trade Act of 2015 along with Congresswoman Kathy Castor
  • Susan Segal, President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas